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May 12, 2014

Getting oriented to Peru SST

The Peru Study-Service Term group spent their first night in the Cirque Hostel, just a few blocks from Casa Goshen in the San Isidro district of Lima. Luckily the hostel did not live up to its name and was quiet and peaceful. The students reported getting a good night’s sleep and were ready to go for a full day of orientation on May 1, their first full day in Peru. The morning included introductions, worship time and working through the orientation handbook with Peru SST Co-Directors Judy Weaver and Richard R. Aguirre. At lunch time, we strolled to a beachside…

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May 11, 2014

For the Moms

Mother’s Day in Peru is a big family day; “like Christmas,” according to our Lima friends. Today stores were closed and the parks and restaurants were full of people. You could see families out for a stroll, dads barbecuing on patios and kids running around. The Peru SSTers spent the day with their host families, sharing an experience of family life and love. Peruvians have been planning for Mother’s Day for a couple of weeks. There have been huge Mother’s Day sales, of course, with flowers, chocolates and cards on display. A recent article in Lima’s biggest newspaper included quotes…

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May 10, 2014

Meeting the host families

Goshen students met their Lima host families on May 2 after a full day of orientation, an enjoyable tour of downtown and two nights in the Cirque Hostel. The students prepared for the important meetings by reviewing information about their families, including the locations of their homes, and studying (and practicing) Peruvian greetings and farewells. Parents began arriving soon after the bus delivered us to the Buen Pastor Church. Students quickly gathered their belongings, posed for quick photos and then departed into the autumn dusk. As the remaining students waited for their families in the main hall of Anglican Cathedral…

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May 1, 2014

Goshen College students have arrived in Peru – tired, excited and still smiling. United Airlines Flight 1095 arrived just two minutes late from Newark, N.J. Their 169-passenger Boeing 757-200 jet touched down at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima at 9:07 p.m. Wednesday night (April 30). The 18 students moved through customs and immigration in less than an hour and were greeted by SST co-leaders Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver and Celia Vasquez, our Lima study coordinator. After retrieving a student immunization accidentally left behind at a customs station, the group gathered in a circle and SST Co-Director Aguirre…

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May 1, 2014

While much of Peru (and Goshen slept), the 18 students comprising the Goshen College Peru Study-Service Term unit for Spring 2014 said goodbye to family members and friends and began their journey to Lima, Peru on Wednesday, April 30. There were smiles of excitement but also tears as a crowd gathered in the Union building to bid farewell to students headed to both Peru and Nicaragua. Goshen College Director of International Education Tom Meyers said the crowd was large, considering that it was 4 a.m., and that all were in good spirits. Best of all, the bus departed on time,…

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April 29, 2014

The 15 students who made up the Peru Study-Service Term unit for Spring 2014 came from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio and Oregon. Their majors included accounting, biology, business, education, environmental science, history, mathematics and social work. The students left for SST on Jan. 8, during what turned out to be Goshen’s snowiest winter in recorded history. They arrived back on campus April 7, just in time for more snow. In Peru, however, the students arrived in coastal Lima amidst a hot summer and left just as the clouds and fog were becoming more frequent visitors, signaling the arrival of…

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April 8, 2014

What joy! Home again at last!

Members of Goshen College’s Peru Study-Service Term unit for Spring 2014 arrived back in the United States on Monday. One student, Malaina, left the group in Houston, Texas – the group’s point of entry to the United States – and traveled on to join her parents visiting Florida. Two other students, April and Derek, left the group in Chicago. The remaining 12 students arrived in Goshen Monday evening – 24 hours after starting their journey home in Lima. Students enjoyed a joyous welcome from family members and friends. Aimee, Caleb, Dean, Gina, Gretchen, Jackson, Jake, Jonathan, Maria, Natalie, Neal and Thomas…

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April 8, 2014

Retreat: Surf and turf fun

During their concluding retreat, Goshen College students in the Peru Study-Service-Term program were tasked with reflecting on the past three months. They discussed the highlights and challenges of service, presented their final academic projects and pondered what it might be like to return to the United States. They also played, enjoyed each other’s company and rested. Our gathering was held at a Christian retreat center called Kawai, which is located on the beach about a 90-minute drive south of Lima. Facilities at Kawai consist of a large collection of spacious buildings amid well-landscaped grounds, just a few hundred yards from…

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April 8, 2014

After nearly three months of study and service in Peru, Goshen College students had a final opportunity for focused reflection on their experiences and on the joys and potential challenges of returning to the United States. Our concluding gathering was held at a Christian retreat center called Kawai, located on the beach about a 90-minute drive south of Lima. The retreat center consists of a large collection of spacious buildings amid well-landscaped grounds, just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean. It has wide lawns, a nice swimming pool and a broad beach, perfect for long walks and contemplation….

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April 7, 2014

Goshen College students returned to Lima from our concluding retreat at the beach on Sunday afternoon and arrived back at Casa Goshen for three hours of final preparations. They discarded unwanted items, repacked their belongings –and made sure their suitcases weighed less than 50 pounds. They then had final precious moments to relax and prepare for their overnight flight to the United States. First, though, they had a delicious Peruvian meal of aji de gallina – shredded chicken in a mild chili sauce over rice and potatoes and a fresh juice blend of mango and passion fruit prepared by Alicia…

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